The South Street Seaport Museum has announced that as part of the 2021 Seaport Museum Open House season, Bowne & Co. will be hosting FREE outdoor letterpress printing demonstrations from June 11 through October 10, 2021 on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as entry to the 1885 Tall Ship Wavertree and outdoor exhibit on Pier 16 from Friday to Sunday until October 2021.

Printers will set up a selection of historic presses outside on the steps of 209-211 Water Street. Demonstrations will take place hourly between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and will each last five to seven minutes, illustrating the 19th century printing process with a variety of presses and equipment from the history collection of the impression of the museum. Articles printed throughout the day will be distributed as tangible reminders of the experience. Bowne & Co.’s public programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Along with the demos, new products are now available for purchase from Bowne & Co., Stationery in the online store, including new lines of postcards, boards and boxed card games . Take a sweep to support your favorite New York neighborhood or to celebrate the wooden figures the team at Bowne & Co. previously used as part of the # 36DaysofType project. Items purchased online can be shipped anywhere in the country or be picked up in person at 209-211 Water Street on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Visit to browse and purchase.

Seaport Museum open houses also include free entry to the 1885 tall ship Wavertree, until October 2021 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with timed tickets, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). ). Admission is FREE and includes access to the ship’s main deck and raised aft deck, as well as the cargo hold. To learn more and to book tickets, visit

Wavertree is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the thousands of ships that have docked along New York’s waterfront over the centuries. Guests will tour the traditional sailboat moored at Pier 16. Admire the towering masts and miles of rigging. Learn about how people worked and lived aboard a 19th-century freighter, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks and crew. Then visit the cargo bay and climb to the top of our new observation deck where you can admire the huge main cargo area. Step onto the aft deck and pose for a photo at the ship’s rudder, and enjoy the views as you gaze out over New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights. Or look down to land and see the skyline of the Financial District, which flourished on ships like Wavertree, which brought the goods that helped businesses thrive.

Tours will be self-guided along a defined route. The museum will not allow more than 150 guests aboard the ship at any time to encourage social distancing of different households. All guests over the age of two will be required to wear a face covering and sanitize their hands at all times on board Wavertree and in the museum’s pop-up gift shop.

Participants from last year said:

My son was really in love with the ship. Your staff were great – friendly and informative. I felt very secure about COVID.

We loved the social distancing measures and enjoyed the tour very much!

I have visited the ship before but was very pleased with the printing demonstration at Bowne.

The four of us asked various staff questions during our visit. Everyone we spoke to was welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable. Even the teenager with us was impressed!

The Seaport Museum also offers a FREE outdoor exhibit on Pier 16, which will provide an opportunity to discover this chapter in New York history. This series of window panels and graphics will celebrate people from all walks of life who have lived and worked in the historic South Street Seaport, as well as the many businesses that laid the foundation for New York City to thrive and become the Mecca for business. and the culture it is today. Using photographs, prints, lithographs and historical paintings, the exhibition highlights part of the Seaport Museum’s collection of over 28,000 artifacts and works of art, and over 55,000 documents historical.

Seaport Museum memberships start at $ 50 and help support museum exhibits, preserve ships and collections, expand public programs, and serve over 12,000 students through educational initiatives. To join the Museum as a member, visit

Additional activities for the Wavertree Open Houses, such as tours of the 1907 Ambrose flagship and sailing trips, will be announced throughout the summer. The interior spaces of the South Street Seaport Museum are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wavertree is permanently moored at Pier 16 and does not sail in the harbor. Access to Wavertree requires climbing a small ladder-type staircase and an angled walkway. Wavertree open days may be canceled in the event of bad weather. More information on the history of the Wavertree can be found at